The Kutztown Area School District Education Foundation’s Board of Directors has announced the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the year, Dr. Michael Karch, MD, Kutztown Area High School Class of 1987.
Michael Karch, M.D., a 1987 graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is an orthopedic surgeon, entrepreneur, inventor, educator and cattle rancher. He specializes in orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction of the hip and knee. He has been in practice at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in Mammoth Lakes, CA since 2003.
Dr. Karch graduated from the University of Delaware in 1991 and graduated with Honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. He went on to complete advanced medical training in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, trauma and reconstruction.
Dr. Karch is the co-inventor of SMARTdrill technology, a hand-held navigational power drill recently approved by the FDA for clinical use. He holds multiple patents and trademarks in this, and other, medical device technologies.
Dr. Karch co-founded the non-profit Mammoth Medical Missions. He was one of the first physicians at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 and has led surgical teams to many international disaster and conflict zones since that time.
Dr. Karch also has been a Team Physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Team since 2002 and has served as personal physician to numerous Olympic athletes.
Dr. Karch has completed 53 marathons, 6 Iron-Distance Triathlons and is a 2-time finisher of the 135-mile ultra-marathon race across Death Valley. He and his family own and operate a 200-acre cattle, sheep and poultry ranch.